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As we have mentioned in our previous posts, Bollywood dance is a fusion of the words Bombay and Hollywood. It is the biggest cinema industry in the world with a greater number of followers and more economic impact than Hollywood.

The most characteristic feature of this genre in cinema is its romantic and musical films, that usually contain scenes with typical Indian songs and dances.

In recent years, thanks to movies like “Slumdog Millionaire” the typical dance steps of Bollywood have become both popular and fashionable.

What are the typical steps of Bollywood dance?

As a general rule, these steps are group dances that fuse classical Indian dance styles with other musical styles such as jazz, hip hop or salsa.

Performing Bollywood dance brings both physical and mental benefits apart from teaching us an important part of the rich culture of India.

This Indian dance style is characterized by the wave like movements of the waist and fast movements of the hip.

Some typical steps of bollywood dance:

  1. “Thumka” or “Thumakda”: one of the most popular and easy to follow steps of this style of dance. It consists of moving the hip from one side to the other and repeating this movement with different hand variations.
  2. Shoulder movements of the folk dance “bhangra”: This folk dance comes from the state of Punjab in northern India and celebrates the harvest festival, making it a very happy and colorful dance. Also, at dance parties this step is very common because when you enjoy the music you naturally move your shoulders up and down, with your arms stretched out.
  3. Head movements: when someone from India dances to Bollywood music they usually do two things: they generally know the lyrics of the song and sing it while dancing and they move their head to the rhythm of the music. Knowing how to move the head artistically from one side to the other also requires flexibility in the neck muscles and is something that is trained for a long time, for example in classical Indian dance. This movement is repeated a lot in Bollywood choreography and adds a unique touch to this type of dance.
  4. Jumps: When the songs from this genre are very happy, catchy and energetic, you will always find “jumps” that accompany the music in different types of choreography in this genre. Jumps can be with both feet or with one foot from side to side. You can always adorn the jumps with “mudras”, adding that exotic and feminine touch.
  5. Footwork from Indian classical dance: Like in Flamenco, Indian classical dance plays with producing sounds with the feet, stamping hard to create a musicality that matches the rhythm of the song. Bollywood dance can use this type of footwork, although it can be simplified and made more enjoyable, since we fuse it with other dance styles and the type of music used.
  6. Turns: they are circular movements on our own body, keeping one leg firm on the ground
  7. In crescendo: it consists of gradually increasing the speed of the steps as we build the choreography
  8. Chest: we move the chest forward and backward in a sensual way
  9. Hands: hands are raised and moved as if we are unscrewing light bulbs.

These are the basic dance steps required to start creating Bollywood dance choreography, although in this dance genre we bring together different elements of various dance styles from both India and around the world, depending on the type of music used. This way, we create an interesting fusion dance style that is super fun fusion and can be danced and enjoyed by anyone.

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